NEW JERSEY._ Six Dominicans were arrested in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in several New Jersey counties, and had been convicted of robbery, sexual assault on a girl, domestic violence and other crimes.
The federal agency explained that among the Dominicans there is a 32-year-old resident of Hackensack, who has a conviction for the crime of child groping.
In Paterson, a 36-year-old Dominican was arrested, with a conviction for theft and in Clifton, another 44-year-old Creole, was apprehended because he had a conviction for domestic violence.
The ICE raids were conducted by Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers between July 22 and August 30.
ICE said in a statement that the detainees had been sentenced or arrested and with pending arrest warrants for the aforementioned crimes.
The agency also said that a total of 2,000 immigrants residing illegally in the United States were also arrested in the raids and 85% have criminal records and violations of immigration laws.
The statement details that the detainees are between 19 and 63 years old.
In addition to the six Dominicans, ICE detained immigrants from Brazil (1), China (1), Colombia (2), Costa Rica (1), Ecuador (5), El Salvador (7), Guatemala (12), Guyana ( 1), Haiti (2), Honduras (8), India (1), Jamaica (1), Mexico (22), Nicaragua (1), Peru (2), Trinidad (1), United Kingdom (2) and Venezuela (one).
Immigration police raids amid the COVID-19 pandemic are coming under fire from immigrant rights advocates, organizations, specialist lawyers and political leaders.
Democrats maintain that those raids, as the pandemic continues to affect the United States, is a reflection of President Donald Trump’s obsessed hatred against immigrants around the world.
“The remarkable results from our officers and law enforcement partners highlight ICE’s continued commitment to public safety,” said John Tsoukaris, field office director for ERO Newark, NJ.